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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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This is a sweet beer with a pleasant flavour of hops. Indeed, for Bush de Noel, the brewer uses a traditional process which consists in placing hops flowers in the vats where the beer rests for four to six weeks by which time it will have reached full maturity, giving it a very distinctive taste. In the U.S the label generally reads Scaldis Noel.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2937) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
Aroma:honey and herbs. Appearance:beautiful dark amber with a good head. Flavor:Malt,herbs hoeny,alcohol at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1784) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 this bsa had a beautiful clear red appearance with a nice white head that left nice lacing after it simmered down.my nose captured the usual "bready" type bsa aroma.the flavor was a bit acidic,with alcohol and bread dominating the flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3345) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Bottle. Mildish aroma with sweet honey notes with a touch of banana here and there. Not too much else really stands out. Amber color thats mostly tranny with a fluffy whitish head. Immediately hoppy and bitter turning more sweet and honey-like in the middle. Finishes hoppy with more bitterness and a strong alcohol burn. A very dry beer, that I am not a huge fan of.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2005
Nice dark amber/brown color, open head from the tap, although it stayís quite long. Good appearance in the lovely gobletglass. Sweet smell, but the taste is more dry, probably due to the fresh hopps they use. Lovely aftertaste of "zoethout" (Sweet chewing woodsticks). Nice beer for cold winter evenings. Will this do some good to George W?

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2005
1/16/05: Bottle.
Sweet tea and malt aroma. Orange brown body. Plenty of lace. Caramel malt and hop flavors with hints of cinnamon-sugar and spice. Wonderful finish, which is a bit on the sweet side.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARMed (608) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
This was an good beer to have on a nice crisp cold evening. This beer was a great after dinner treat. It went great with the strawberry crepes my wife put out on the table. Excellent amber red color with a frothy creamy head. Good lacing and intense flavor were the prime attributes of this beer. High alcohol content is well hidden and provides a great warming effect to the body. This is one to try.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Pours with a very creamy white head and ruby body. Very thck body. Smells like youíd expect from a Belgian beer. Tastes very estery. Not bad. This beer does NOT taste like itís 12%!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5259) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2005
250 ml Scaldis NoŽl bottle, bought at Borough Market, London. Pours with an an enormous lingering head, beer is clear, colour is deep reddish amber. Aroma of dark rum, sherry, oak, raisins, spices. Flavour is very sweet with dried fruits and whisky elements, but a distinct spiciness and decent hops prevent it from falling in the "cloying sweet & undrinkable" ditch. Alcoholic warmth in the mouthfeel, as expected from a 12% ABV beer, but not overwhelming or unpleasant. A very fine Christmas special in my book.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4690) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
Nice aroma reminiscent of both Strong Belgian Ale and Barleywine. Flavour is spice and alcohol with a slight burn in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color. It is well carbonated and has a frothy tan-amber color. The aroma is quite rich with notes of caramel, rum, and brandy. The aroma is full of notes of alcohol, which pretty much dominates the finish of the nose. This beer is pretty sweet upfront, it has a nice smooth creamy mouthfeel to it. There is a nice hoppiness to this beer, despite the intense maltiness that defines this beer. The hops add a nice spicy note to this beer, as well a nicely bitter contribution in the finish. This beer has subtle notes of butterscotch, concentrated raisin, biscuits, caramelized malt, a hint of cinnamon, tangerine, and a grassy herbal zing. The only thing that detracts from this beer is the apparent alcohol, it is still not overwhelming though. This beer is still quite tasty, and I really like the fresh hoppy character of this beer.


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